Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

ISPT0402

Incident date

October 20, 2023

Location

منزل الأسطل وسط خان يونس,, Astal house in central Khan Yunis, Gaza strip, Deir Al Balah, the Gaza Strip

Geolocation

31.450065, 34.392934 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

On October 22 2023, up to 20 civilians – including women and children – were killed after an alleged Israeli airstrike on the ‘Al-Astal’ family home in central Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip. Numerous others were reported injured, though exact figures are unknown.

The patriarch of the family, 61-year old Muhammad Sukeiman Turki al-Astal was killed with his wife, 60-year old Salwa Muhammad Khalil al-Astal. Their sons, 24-year old Osama Muhammad Suleiman al-Astal and 23-year old Hisham Muhammad Suleiman al-Astal were killed, with their daughters, 17-year old Sarah Muhammad Suleiman al-Astal, 19-year old Samah Muhammad Suleiman al-Astal and 32-year old Samar Muhammad Suleiman al-Astal.

Samah’s son, 3-year old Muhammad Muhammad Basman Saqr was killed with his mother, as was her other son, Abdul Rahman Basman Saqr.

22-year old Muhammad Nasser Suleiman al-Astal was killed, as was 48-year old Marwa Youssef al-Astal. Muhammad’s brother, 26-year old Hamza Nasser Suleiman al-Astal was also killed with his wife, Shaima Sobhi al-Qadra. Their daughter, one-year old Marwa Hamza Nasser Suleiman al-Astal was also killed.

Muhammad’s sister, 24-year old Hafsa Nasser Suleiman al-Astal was killed with her husband, 34-year old Mazen Akkad. Their other sisters, 11-year old Weam Nasser Suleiman al-Astal, 19-year old Sarah Nasser Suleiman al-Astal, and 15-year old Fatima Nasser Suleiman al-Astal were also killed, as was 22-year old Mohamed Mahmoud Ahmed Ziyad al-Astal.

It is possible Abdul Rahman Basman Saqr died later of his injuries, alleged in a post from the Saqer Family Facebook. The post included a picture of Abdul, who appeared under five.

Shehab Agency initially reported that three civilians, “two women and a girl,” were killed during the strike. However, later reports indicate that the death toll may have been much higher. Multiple sources claimed that many of those killed and wounded during the incident were trapped under the rubble of the Al-Astal family home during the early stages of reporting; it is likely for this reason that initial casualty counts were low.

Facebook user Khaled Abdel Salam Abu Walid posted a video showing the aftermath of the strike. In this video, people are seen congregating around a building that has rubble scattered around it. An accompanying image shows a wider shot of the affected area, where there are clear indications of damage. At the time of the post, Khaled Abdel Salam Abu Walid stated that 8 civilians had been killed and “many” wounded.

The Safa PS News agency reported that the total number of civilians killed during the airstrike had risen to 20 by dawn the next day. This was confirmed by Facebook user KhaledAbdulsalam, in a post in which he named 20 members of his family who had died during the incident.

Images showed the destruction caused by the strike. Pictures attached show multiple bodies wrapped in body bags being transported—presumably to a hospital or burial ground— in the bed of a truck.

 Facebook user Adel Zourub, who identifies as an official journalist, posted additional images of the bodies being loaded onto the truck by plain clothed individuals. One of the individuals can be seen holding a swaddled bundle in his arms, presumably of a young child.Another Facebook user, Alkhalijiu, also attached images documenting the harm wrought on children, including a photo of a young boy on a stretcher. Clearly deceased, the boy is covered in blood and dust.

Since the incident, members of the Al-Astal family and other friends have posted testimonials online. Facebook user Jabr al-Akkad posted memorial pictures of Mazen al-Akkad in both formal and casual dress. Maryam Ali al-Astal posted a tribute to her family on Facebook. The family, she wrote, had “suffered greatly.” She remembered Salwa al-Astal as “dear and affectionate,” and asked that God grant the family “patience and solace.” Sufyan Akkad posted multiple photos of the deceased on Facebook, showing multiple generations of the family.  Facebook user  Zeina Muhammad similarly paid tribute to Salwa Muhammad Khali Al-Astalalong with her sister’s husband, their two sons and three daughters. She attached multiple prayers for the family.

Where sources identified the belligerent, all sources attributed the strikes to Israeli forces.

Where possible, names have been matched with the Palestinian Ministry of Health list of fatalities in Gaza released on October 26th, 2023

Due to the scale and urgency of Airwars’ assessment process, all images have been automatically uploaded to each assessment with the graphic filter applied to protect users. We have also included all images identified from the sources, which may also include any imagery of combatants.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (27)

Fatima Al-Aidi Al-Masry فاطمة العايدي المصري
53 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 908952211
Nadine Al-Aidi نادين العايدي
19 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 421090390
Mohamed Al-Aidi محمد العايدي
14 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 426437745
Ahmed Al-Aidi أحمد العايدي
11 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 432169746
Rami Al-Aidi رامي العايدي
34 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 802466375
Raneen Al-Aidi رنين العايدي
female killed
Ghana Rami Al-Aidi غنى رامي العايدي
10 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 433385531
Iyad Rami Al-Aydi إياد رامي العايدي
male killed
Maya Rami Al-Aydi مايا رامي العايدي
8 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 435133046
Amir Shadi Al-Aidi أمير شادي العايدي
4 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 441225257
Rakan Shadi Al-Aidi راكان شادي العايدي
male killed
Widad Abu Shehada وداد ابوشحادة
58 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 919938332
Fatima Abu Shehadeh فاطمة أبو شحادة
female killed
Mervat Abu Shehada مرفت أبو شحادة
female killed
Ghadeer Abu Shehada غدير أبو شحادة
26 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 403092133
Ahmed Ammar Al-Qarinawi أحمد عمار القريناوي
11 years old male killed Matched to MoH ID 432185072
Shaza Badeer Al-Ashram شذا بدير الأشرم
17 years old female killed Matched to MoH ID 424343838
Khamis خميس
killed
Yara يارا
killed
Sondos
killed
Areej أريج
killed
Zaina زينة
Adult female injured
Rahaf Shadi Al-Aidi رهف شادي العايدي
female injured
Ghada Hamd Saleh Abu Shahada غادة أبو هداف
24 years old female pregnant killed Matched to MoH ID 404770885
Umm Marwan ام مروان
Adult female killed
Umm Tariq ام طارق
Adult female killed
Ahed عهد
female killed Matched to MoH ID Daughter of Umm Tariq

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the Nuseirat (النصيرات) camp, for which the generic coordinates are: 31.450065, 34.392934. Due to limited satellite imagery and information available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 20
  • (13 children11 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

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Israeli Military Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Israeli Military
  • Israeli Military position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian infrastructure
    Residential building
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3 – 20
  • (13 children11 women1 man)
  • Civilians reported injured
    2
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Fair
    Reported by two or more credible sources, with likely or confirmed near actions by a belligerent.
  • Suspected attacker
    Israeli Military

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